Class of 1989
How are these for Hall of Fame credentials? Nine varsity letters (4 hockey, 3 baseball, 2 football), a two sport Captain in hockey and baseball, and a three time DCL All-Star in two sports. More importantly, Mike O'Brien's teams captured 6 DCL titles. However, that is not the story line on Mike O'Brien - his academic prowess, his community and school spirit, and awareness made him a true role model of an Acton Boxborough student athlete.
A Boston Globe and Lowell Sun All-Scholastic, he is a member of the 10- point club, ringing up 117. Mike was also a finalist for the Carlton Award, given annually to the top hockey student athlete in Massachusetts.
At the collegiate level, Mike chose hockey as his sport of focus. Attending the University of Notre Dame, he garnered two Fighting Irish monograms in hockey and was awarded the teams most improved player in 1990.
In Mike's own words (and we paraphrase) "I was the luckiest kid in the world to be surrounded and influenced by such remarkable role models and mentors- my parents, my brothers and sisters were extraordinary examples of leadership and commitment. As for the coaches I had at Acton, if there was a more committed and teaching focused group of coaches than Maver/Gallant/Smith/Morashio/Oetinger and principal Steve Donovan, I would like to meet that staff.
Our 1989 class had a great group of athletes that I am fortunate to have played with and am still friends with, twenty plus years later. Mike's most memorable high school moment was the 1989 State Hockey Tourney, when they defeated Arlington Catholic to advance to the EMASS Finals.
Mike is married to Ronny, who was a former Notre Dame softball captain, and they have four children. They reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Mike works for Ford Motor Company as a Marketing Manager, covering western United States.